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I have the Mozart Tx and I am at a loss on what to do to this massive beauty.

So far the only thing I have done to it is to paint the interior and back ultra flat black. I plan on doing two seperate loops for watercooling on a new rig using this case (mid-summer), but I have the whole rest of the case + reverse side that will be empty.

I was planning on putting a server on the opposite side, but it only fits a MITX board. Upon doing measurements I found that if I drilled holes I could fit a Shuttle AM2 board there, but I don't know if it's worth it. Anyway, what should I do with this monster? I have searched and searched, but havn't found much more than some extensive watercooling setups done to it.
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post #2 of 17
If so, you will need to find out how to mount an extra PSU as well as pwr/reset switches.

If it was mine, I would use the extra space to make everything look cleaner. I have a RocketFish, and know how it feels to have a case dwarf your ATX mobo.
    
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Are you looking for ideas that are aesthetic in nature, or performance in nature?

Yah. The Mozart is a water-cooling dream-case. So much potential, the options are limited only by the imagination.

Have you considerd painting the outside?


  • Etching the windows.
  • Custom windows made from a plastic or acrylic sheet (tinted looks nice).
  • UV paint on the windows in designs that you relate to and are pleasing to you.
  • Internal UV mods with paint and pen.
  • Cable and wire sleeving (this is one of those subtle mods that really makes a difference).
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Mod your LCD screen into it and have the ultimate lan case! All you need is plug in keyboard and mouse and you have yourself a fully functional computer!!!!!

If you like coffee and your tower is on your desk, You could put some cup holders back there, or maybe a snack shelf....

Or if your case is a more permanent setting, you could make a seccondary computer that Folds (F@H) and just leave the monitor and other crap disconnected

EDIT: just reading my post, I seem sarcastic - but try to look at it from a a different perspective because I was trying to be serious (its late lol)
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post #5 of 17
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@ Syrillian

Etching intrigues me, is it easy to do or should I have it professionally done? As for aftermarket windows, which brands of acrylic/plastic for windows and their corresponding websites would you recommend?

As for the painting of the outside, I didn't want to tackle it as most of it is more of a brushed aluminum, and it blends pretty well with the flat black. The only reason I painted the interior and rear was because it was just a glossy tin can color.

I plan on getting the DFI x48 LT board in my next rig upgrade so it will be UV green/yellow already . As far as that goes though, I plan on having my case's lighting scheme contain all Green Led fans (with the exception of those on the radiators as there are none optimized for high airflow that I can find), the board has black pcb and uv green/yellow sockets, and then I will use Uv Black coolant with about 6 12" uv cathodes stationed behind the door.

If you have any suggestions on a better lighting scheme, definately let me know, I am colorblind and am just winging it on what might look good and blend.

@ Xfree

The case is not in a desk hole, it is out in the open, but I feel making my rig into a make-shift table is not worth it.

As far as the monitor in the case, if I could find a good enough step by step guide I would definately try it. My brother's store has plenty of laptop lcd's laying around I guess I could tinker.

--

I am mostly looking for something to do with the empty side of the case where an MITX board could go.. I may end up getting a shuttle motherboard and drilling some holes to fit, but I am not sure about some of the minor details. Such as whether or not a low profile heatsink would fit on the shuttle board as it's screw hole placement is different from standard HSF's and I don't have enough clearance for their stock cooler.

Thanks for the ideas guys, I will take them into consideration.
Edited by Skeletor - 5/21/08 at 9:58pm
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post #6 of 17
i d love to have that case. id get one of those 240x240 square rad/heatercores and put it in the back.
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post #7 of 17
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@ Whe3ls

Yea I was originally planning on doing that exact thing, but the only 2x2 radiators I can find for the rear spots are made by MagiCool and they don't get the best of reviews.

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I just had a thought, do any of you know if the Xbox 360 uses standard pc connections or if it is all proprietary? It would be awesome to strip out a 360 and put the motherboard on the reverse side of my case, extend all the cables, and have the drive bay in the standard pc spot, same with the hd. I am sure it is not as simple as this, but that could be an option.

So I guess, what I need to do is find a way to replace one or both of the windows on the reverse side of the case and reinforce them with some thicker metal so that I can mount a board higher up and attach it to the door, to eliminate the power supply in the way issue I am facing currently. Any ideas?
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Etching (I use the term loosely) could be done in several ways.

The first is to cut a pattern into the protective film of the plastic, then peel away the portions to be "etched". Using a fine-grit sandpaper will roughen the area. When the entire protective cover is removed you will have a "frosted" image on your panel.

This technique looks rather nice with backlighting. The softness (insofar as ambient light)of the etched portions is surreal....erm.... I mean "kick-ass".

The same thing could be done with a dremel and a sanding drum, or stone.

Note that when scribing the protective film with the razor knife (X-acto is perfect) a score will be placed on the plastic itself, so keeping uniform pressure is important as that line becomes visible and glows under CCFL lighting - VERY kick-ass.

You could also use the same cutting technique and then spray-paint the removed area.

Here are a series of shots as an example:










Another alternative is Laser engraving.

As for plastics, I favor Cast Acrylic.

Here is a good source, and This one is too.


And lastly, I would forgo lighting except within the spectrums that are visible to you. I mean no offense, merely attempting to be practicle.

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Awesome, I will definately give etching some thought.

As far as the scheme, I can see green for the most part. What I meant by 'winging' it is the fact that I am not easily capable of matching different colors.
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@ Whe3ls

Yea I was originally planning on doing that exact thing, but the only 2x2 radiators I can find for the rear spots are made by MagiCool and they don't get the best of reviews.
ya i was taking about the big heatcores you can get
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